When: Please see schedule below
Popular entertainers are featured, attracting crowds to our 4,000-seat, open-air Amphitheater, which fills on a first-come (festival seating) basis. Guaranteed floor seating is available for select events for an additional $20 fee. The entire 2013 Popular Entertainment schedule will be posted below.
Please check back for updates to the 2013 season schedule.
|Straight No Chaser
Saturday, June 22 8:15 p.m.
Straight No Chaser has taken Chautauqua and the nation by storm! We are thrilled to welcome them back for the third season in a row! On May 7, they will release their new album Under The Influence. Do not miss the opportunity to experience this amazing ensemble. Their captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music is moving people in a fundamental sense…and with a sense of humor.
|Will and Anthony Nunziata's "Broadway Our Way"
Monday, June 24 8:15 p.m.
Identical twin brothers, Will and Anthony Nunziata have traveled the country with their acclaimed duo concert. Their charm and energetic stage presence combined with their tenor singing voices create a powerful and touching show for audiences of all ages. They have appeared at FEINSTEIN’S and Avery Fisher Hall in NYC, with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and in concert around the country. Backed by their three-piece swinging band, Will and Anthony are exuberant, brassy, charming, and funny, putting a fresh spin on the Broadway classics.
|A Evening with The 5 Browns*
Tuesday, June 25 8:15 p.m.
The 5 Browns are five siblings performing on five Steinway concert grand pianos provided by Steinway International. They were the first family of five siblings every accepted simultaneously to The Juilliard School. They have become the talk of the classical music world with their concerts, recordings and PBS TV special. This will be a real treat for the entire family.
|Astronaut Story Musgrave:
25 Million Miles In Orbit*
Wednesday, June 26 7:30 p.m.
Over the course of 30 years, Story Musgrave has become one of NASA's most colorful, dedicated and passionate astronauts. He's a pilot, surgeon, mechanic, poet, philosopher, and he fixed the Hubble Space Telescope too. He is the only astronaut to have flown all five space shuttles. He will share his stories and fantastic photos. An evening for the entire family - plan to be amazed!
|Chautauqua Dance Salon
Thursday, June 27 8:15 p.m.
The North Carolina Dance Theatre in Residence presents an evening of intimate dance and music. Associate Artistic Director, Mark Diamond will be joined by sensational dancers and world premiere choreography…and always a special surprise. An evening to savor the collaboration of dance and music.
|Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell
Friday, June 28 8:15 p.m.
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, featuring Edie Brickell will perform songs from their album Love Has Come for You. The remarkable new collaboration is set for release on April 23 on Rounder Records. The tour will showcase new material performed by Martin and Brickell, along with the unique hybrid of bluegrass and comedy that Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers have been delighting audiences with at their sold-out, critically acclaimed shows.
On Feb. 10, The Steep Canyon Rangers won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for their album "Nobody Knows You."
|An Evening with Mark Russell*
Wednesday, July 3 8:15 p.m.
Mark Russell retires from retirement to again conquer the Amp stage. He says that whenever he is down in the dumps, he opens the newspaper and immediately cheers up. That’s a challenge these days! There is no doubt that Mark is up to the task. He’s back in the Amp to help us find and exercise our funny bone.
|Golden Dragon Acrobats*
Wednesday, July 10 7:30 p.m.
These tremendously talented and skillful performers carry on the traditions of more than 25 centuries of Chinese acrobatics. Award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques entertain, amaze and often stun the audience. This is an evening for the entire family!
Friday, July 12 8:15 p.m.
Two notes. That’s all it takes to recognize the voice of Michael McDonald. Distinctive and soulful, it is one of the most yearningly emotive instruments of our times. To this add formidable songwriting and keyboard skills, and you have an artist who has been a singular musical presence for four decades. From ‘70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin’” through two highly-acclaimed Motown covers albums and recent genre-busting guest spots with alternative buzz bands Grizzly Bear and Holy Ghost, the five-time Grammy-winning McDonald is that rare thing in contemporary pop – an artist whose work is both timeless and ever-evolving.
|An Evening Piano Recital with Alexander Gavrylyuk*
Wednesday, July 17 8:15 p.m.
Chautauqua continues its love affair with Alexander Gavrylyuk. He returns for his eighth season to present an evening recital in the Amphitheater, perform on July 20 with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and present master classes for the Chautauqua Piano Department. He continues to astound the audience with his talent, passion and generosity of spirit.
Friday, July 19 8:15 p.m.
American country music singer, songwriter and actor Travis Tritt is a multiple Grammy and Country Music Association award winner. With seven platinum-plus albums, five number one singles, and charted more than forty times on the Hot Country Songs charts, he has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1992.
|An Evening of Pas de Deux
Wednesday, July 24 8:15 p.m.
North Carolina Dance Theatre in Residence presents an exciting evening of Pas de Deux ranging from the classical to the contemporary.
|Dick Fox's "Golden Boys" starring Frankie Avalon, Fabian, and Bobby Rydell
Friday, July 26 8:15 p.m.
These “Golden Boys” take us for a walk down memory lane. Dust off those poodle skirts, bobby sox and 45 rpm records. Teen idols of the 50’s and 60’s, these icons of the early rock n’ roll years will sing the songs that made them famous and caused hearts to swoon around the world.
|An Evening with David Simon
Monday, July 29 8:15 p.m.
David Simon is a Baltimore-based journalist, author and television producer. The nonfiction books he wrote while a reporter with The Baltimore Sun — Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets and The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood — became the basis for the NBC drama "Homicide" and the HBO miniseries "The Corner." "The Wire," a subsequent HBO drama, aired for five seasons from 2002 to 2008, and depicted a dystopic American city contending with a fraudulent drug war, the loss of its industrial base, political and educational systems incapable of reform, and a media culture oblivious to all of the above. The fourth and final season of Simon's latest series, "Treme," about musicians in post-Katrina New Orleans, will air later in 2013. Simon also does prose work for The New Yorker, Esquire and The Washington Post, among other publications.
Wednesday, July 31 8:15 p.m.
North Carolina Dance Theatre in Residence presents an evening of innovative and exciting dance. World-premiere choreography will highlight an evening of the dramatic and fanciful in contemporary dance.
|Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion RADIO ROMANCE TOUR 2013
Friday, August 2 8:15 p.m.
A Prairie Home Companion's Radio Romance Tour 2013 hits the road coast-to-coast this summer, starring host and writer Garrison Keillor, singer and fiddler Sara Watkins, comedian Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky and The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band with guitarist Pat Donohue and violinist/mandolinist Richard Kriehn, two hours of duet singing, absurd improv with sound effects, Guy Noir Private Eye, poetry, outright foolishness, and the News from Lake Wobegon.
|Jeremy Davis and The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra: Mostly Mercer, Live from Savannah, GA (A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Mercer)
Wednesday, August 7 8:15 p.m.
Live from Savannah, GA, raised in the Louisiana Delta and now performing across the nation, Jeremy Davis and The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra bring a fresh approach to the Great American Big Band revival. Paying tribute to Johnny Mercer's impact on the Great American Song Book and American popular music, the 17-piece big band brings the look, the sound and the class of the best of American jazz to the Amphitheater.
|The Beach Boys
Friday, August 9 8:15 p.m.
Their classic songs epitomize the spirit of the California lifestyle of the 1960’s. The Beach Boys have become an American icon to a worldwide audience. Their first hit "Surfin' USA" (1961) launched a string of chart-topping songs that spans over forty years and includes eternal anthems of American youth: "Surfer Girl," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "I Get Around," "California Girls," "Help Me Rhonda," "Barbara Ann," "Good Vibrations," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Rock and Roll Music," "Kokomo" and more. Surf's up! Grab your board and let’s hang ten! This is an evening for all generations.
|Conversations with Musician Paul Simon and former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins
Friday, August 16 8:15 p.m.
Two renowned artists sit together with microphones and a guitar to discuss the art of writing from the vantage point of their life's work. This unique evening with two unparalleled artists brings their insights and personal stories to the Amp stage.
|Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre On Tour
Wednesday, August 21 8:15 p.m.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has built a legacy of excellence and innovation since its founding in 1969. Its eclectic style and irrepressible energy have been shaped by four distinguished artistic directors over four decades. Since 1997, the company has flourished under the direction of Terrence S. Orr, former American Ballet Theatre ballet master and principal dancer. Chautauqua is thrilled to welcome the company to the Amphitheater stage.
Thursday, August 22 8:15 p.m.
Hailed as musical ambassadors and Canada's national treasure, these four young men with amazing talent and incredible voices have come together to create music from their hearts. World music, opera, pop and folk are all represented in their concerts and recordings. The Tenors: Fraser Walters, Clifton Murray, Victor Micallef and Remigio Pereira are sharing their music and joy from Bangkok to London, and New York to Israel.
|KC & The Sunshine Band
and Village People
Friday, August 23 8:15 p.m.
What happens when the "Founder of the Dance Revolution" and the "Kings of Disco" share the stage? You get an evening of singing and dancing for the entire family. These iconic performers have become beloved around the world. From the concert hall to sporting events to movies and television, KC & The Sunshine Band and Village People will have you on your feet and doin' the moves.
Saturay, August 24 8:15 p.m.
With six Grammys, numerous Dove Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and numerous other accolades to her credit, Amy Grant is an American music icon who has erased lines between genres and earned the respect of fans and peers with her honesty, vulnerability and creaseless creativity. On May 7, 2013, her new album How Mercy Looks From Here will be released.
* Community Appreciation Night